Torquay foreshore is council's responsibility: State Govt
CHANGE may yet come to a part of the Torquay foreshore some in the community have labelled a hazard but the council insists diversity will be retained along the Esplanade.
Torquay Progress Association came out last week saying the foreshore between Frank and Bideford Sts was overgrown, attracting drug users and vermin, and that it was a fire risk.
The issue turned into a political debate with local and state governments claiming the other was responsible for maintaining the land.
The Chronicle contacted the Department of Natural Resources and Mines to clarify, and a representative said: "The Torquay foreshore between Frank and Bideford Streets is on State Government land that is designated a reserve for public purposes.
"The reserve has been under the trusteeship of the Fraser Coast Regional Council since 1984.
"As trustee, council has management responsibility over the reserve."
Fraser Coast Division 9 councillor Stuart Taylor said he would now meet with the association to hear its concerns and see if a solution can be found.
"There is regulation by the State Government but it appears it has changed since our last foreshore management plan was in place," he said.
"We're currently looking at upgrading our foreshore management plan but it has to be done with community consultation, so any area that can be touched we will certainly look at our options for that.
Torquay Progress Association spokesman Brian Beynon said his group would meet with the council on Thursday and believed they would work well together.